With October arriving, the NBA season is right around the corner and all 30 teams have nearly finalized their rosters. In an offseason where the New York Knicks sought out defensive minded veterans, they have made themselves a team that’s window to win a championship is 1-2 years at the most.
With emotions out of the situation as many Knicks fans felt that management letting Jeremy Lin go was the wrong move, we must analyze whether it was indeed the best move for the team.
I’m going to look at the move as strictly a basketball decision without factoring the off the court marketing of the “Linsanity” effect. I do believe that Jeremy Lin is a better player right now than Jason Kidd, Raymond Felton, or Pablo Prigioni.
Kidd had his worst season of his career last year as the Dallas Mavericks starting point guard. Kidd averaged career lows with only 6.2 points per game and 4.5 assists per game last season. While he is still the superior defender and overall floor general to Lin, I don’t think an argument can be made on who the better point guard is right now.
Lin averaged 18.8ppg and 7.7apg in his 25 starts last season for the Knicks. He thrived in the D’Antoni system much like Raymond Felton did in his time with the Knicks. While Jason Kidd fits the Mike Woodson system much better than Lin did or Felton will, I still think Lin’s offense is what the Knicks are going to need this season.
The Knicks are a team this year and should be no less than stellar as a team defensively. With pickups like Ronnie Brewer and Marcus Camby coming off the bench, the Knicks will provide waves of defense.
However, offensively the team could be stagnant as Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire will be the only starters that are pure scorers, assuming Brewer is healthy enough to start when the season begins. Adding in J.R. Smith to the afore mentioned Anthony and Stoudemire they will be the only players on the roster this year that can consistently create their own shots.
Whether you like Lin or not it is undeniable that he had a knack for getting to the hoop and creating shots for both himself and his teammates. There is nobody on the roster right now who can those things.